GeekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

What I Expected [Prior to the Summary Read]

  • Something cute – because that adorable cover!
  • A totally Cinderella-esque tale

What I Got

  • A masterpiece – that I cannot believe I was approved for on NetGalley!
  • One of the cutest stories ever
  • A Cinderella retelling
  • To meet Elle – an amazing protagonist geek girl

What I Thought

One of my favorite books of 2017, Geekerella is something truly special. The story of Elle, who works in the Magic Pumpkin food truck, Geekerella is my first ever fangirl book – now I love fangirl books! Ashley Poston totally schooled me in the art of fandom, an art I’ve been curious about and didn’t quite understand – I was born in the ’80s!

Now, since I know what fangirling really is, I realize that I’ve been a fangirl all my life, of SO many different things. Because of my own intense fangirling throughout my longish-seeming life, I’m so proud that there are actually books regarding the subject.

Elle’s fangirl focus is Starfield, a sci-fi series she adored watching with her now deceased father. From Geekerella, I learned what in the hell cosplay is – I had an idea, but I really did not get it – and I finally got to go, through Elle, to an amazing fandom convention – ExcelsiCon. Ever since I figured out what ComicCon is, I’ve wanted to attend a nerdy convention!

I love how Poston weaves the classic Cinderella saga into Elle’s tale; it’s a subtle weave, but it’s there. Aside from Elle working in the deliciously described Magic Pumpkin food truck, this book feels like a Cinderella retelling, but is a story all its own. The modernization of Cinderella is so much fun to read in the present.

In comes Darien, Elle’s Prince Charming, an actor who will be promoting his part in Elle’s top fandom – the Starfield movie. I love that Geekerella is out of this world, as in, could so never happen in real life, but makes me believe at the same time. Anyhow, Darien is an ultimate fanboy, hot or not!

Of course, because it is a Cinderella-based story, a set of stepsisters enjoys making Elle’s life miserable. I, personally, love mean girl characters, so Chloe and Calliope almost make the whole book for me. Like I said earlier, I honestly had no clue exactly what cosplay is – now, I know! Even the twins – the stepsisters – get in on  it!

With a perfect Cinderella ending, Geekerella is a tale all its own; the tale of a nerdy girlie who finds a connection and busts loose on the world. The tale of a girl lacking everyday charisma, but possessing much charm, Geekerella is a total must-read for fangirls and fairy tale fans alike.

Love, Maggie


  1. Jessica | ReadingwithJessica

    So glad you loved this one!! I cannot wait to read it!!! I’ve heard so many awesome things about it so I hope it doesn’t disappoint me <3 Great review!

  2. Great review! I loved reading your thoughts on this story. This was one of my favorite 2017 reads. I loved how it took Cinderella and turned it into a story fit for pretty much any kind of reader.

  3. Libby

    Great review, i really want to read this book so much. i am glad that you liked this one, It’s on my TBR so hoping i can get to it this year…

  4. Ana Duarte

    I keep seeing this book and keep forgetting to get it! I was born in the late 80s and love the fact that my obsession with cElebs/books/films has an actual name for it that makes me look less CrazY! 😂 love the term fangirl!
    Great reviEm anD im glad is a good one, i shall make sure to pick it up next time.

    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Ana! As a fellow ’80s baby, I’m so thrilled to know there are tons of other girls out there who share my obsessions! LOL! I hope you love this book! 😀

  5. Harriet Portman

    This book sounds fantastic! DeFo adding this to the tbr! ive seen THis boOk all over the place and never really thought much of it. Also, you need to go to comicon! The best part is seeing all the costumes. Its so beitiful.
    Great review 😍

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